Poor second half costs Lady Bucs in road clash against Morgantown

Shelby McDaniels of the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs scored a team-high 11 points during their non-conference battle with the Morgantown Mohigans Wednesday night in Morgantown. The Lady Bucs dropped a 68-29 decision to the Mohigans.

MORGANTOWN – It was a huge battle for sectional seeding between the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs and the Morgantown Lady Mohigans here Wednesday night but it was all Morgantown at the final buzzer as the Lady Bucs suffered a 68-29 setback.

The winner of the game will likely secure a home contest during sectional play.

The first quarter was a sloppy affair between both schools as turnovers were more common than points.

Morgantown’s Kaitlyn Ammons scored the first four points of the game, but Brooklyn Maxwell made a lay-up and Shelby McDaniels made two free throws as the Lady Bucs deadlocked the game at 4-4.

The two team traded baskets the rest of the way as Morgantown owned an 8-7 lead after one-quarter of action.

Morgantown scored the first five points of the second quarter for a 13-7 lead but McDaniels took over the game for the next two minutes.

She turned in an old-fashioned three-point play, knocked down two free throws and went inside the paint for her very own 6-0 run to give the Lady Bucs their first and only lead, at 14-13, with 5:17 left in the half.

Morgantown closed the half on a 12-1 run though in the final five minutes of the half to grab a 25-15 advantage at the break.

Leigh Ann Bennett put in a long jumper and Maxwell canned two free throws to make it a 30-19 game, but Morgantown went on a 10-0 run for a 40-19 lead.

Audrey Gaudet ended the run with a free throw and Bennett scored off of a steal to make it a 40-22 contest, but Morgantown went on another run scoring 13 unanswered points to close the quarter and take a 53-22 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

Morgantown pushed their lead to 37, at 59-22, before Gaudet turned in a three-point play after being fouled on her lay-up.

Morgantown’s biggest lead 

of the game was the final score of 68-29.

McDaniels led the Lady Bucs with 11 points while Maxwell had eight.

Sydni Clawges scored a game-high 19 points for Morgantown.

Morgantown improved to 8-7 on the season.

The Lady Bucs dropped to 9-6 overall.

Buckhannon-Upshur will be back in action tonight when they visit Philip Barbour for a Big 10 battle starting at 7:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

Buckhannon-Upshur 7  8  7  7 – 29

Morgantown                 8  17  28  15 – 68

Buckhannon-Upshur 29

Leigh Ann Bennett 2-7 0-0 4, Brooklyn Maxwell 2-7 4-7 8, Audrey Gaudet 1-3 2-4 4, Shelby McDaniels 2-8 7-7 11, McKenzie Kittle 0-3 0-0 0, Sydney Fletcher 0-2 0-0 0, Kassidy Wilfong 0-0 0-0 0, Kennedy Samargo 0-1 0-0 0, Alayna Nesbitt 1-1 0-0 2, Ciara Melton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 8-33 13-18 29.

Morgantown 68

Madison Seman 3 1-1 7, Alexiyah Hughes 5 1-2 13, Berit Johnson 1 0-0 3, Catherine Wassick 1 0-0 2, Kerrington Peasak 1 0-0 2, Sydni Clawges 7 0-0 19, Hannah Young 0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Ammons 4 1-2 9, Jadyn LaNeve 4 4-5 12, Kaley Worley 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 7-10 68.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Bennett 0-2, Kittle 0-2, Maxwell 0-2, Samargo 0-1. Totals 0-7; Morgantown: Clawges 5, Hughes 2, Johnson 1, Ammons 1. Totals 9.

Rebounds – Buckhannon-Upshur: Gaudet 5, Maxwell 5; McDaniels 4, Bennett 4, Wilfong 1, deadball 2. Totals 19. Morgantown: 24.

Assists – Buckhannon-Upshur: McDaniels 1. Totals 1; Morgantown: 12.

Steals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Gaudet 5, Bennett 5, Maxwell 2, McDaniels 1, Wilfong 1. Totals14

Blocked shots – Buckhannon-Upshur: None: Morgantown: Clawges 2, Ammons 2, Peasak 2. Totals 6.

Personal fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 8; Morgantown: 15.

Turnovers – Buckhannon-Upshur: 20.

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